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Welcome to Science Next Door, Fermilab's community newsletter. Once a month, we'll give you the rundown about what's happening here at the laboratory and provide information about our public events. If you would prefer not to receive this newsletter, you can click the “unsubscribe” button below. Thank you!
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New era of research begins at the Large Hadron Collider

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One of the first particle collisions at record high energies recorded by the CMS detector on the Large Hadron Collider. Image: CMS Collaboration/CERN
If you're visiting Fermilab and you feel an excitement in the air, you're not imagining it. This is an extraordinary time to be in our field of science. Not only is Fermilab's proposed new flagship experiment getting off the ground, but the Large Hadron Collider, the largest and most complex machine ever built for physics research, has just started up again after a two-year break.

The LHC, located at CERN in Switzerland, is the world's most powerful particle accelerator, capable of colliding particles at higher energies than any other machine ever built. In June, after two years of upgrades and repairs, it began doing just that – the LHC started taking data at the record high energy of 13 teraelectronvolts (TeV). This data will enable an international collaboration of researchers that includes more than 1,700 U.S. scientists to better study the Higgs boson, search for elusive dark matter particles and perhaps discover something unexpected about our universe.

Fermilab plays a vital role in this research. More than 100 Fermilab employees work on the CMS experiment, one of two that discovered the Higgs boson in 2012, and the laboratory serves as the hub for all U.S. scientists working on that experiment. Fermilab's Remote Operations Center monitors the CMS experiment, and Fermilab is one of the largest data collection centers for the LHC in the world.

No one knows what the LHC might find now that it's firing on all cylinders, and for scientists around the world, that's the most exciting part. Stay tuned for the first results from this new era.
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Photo column spacer Art and music with Sons of the Never Wrong – Saturday, July 18, reception 5-7 p.m., concert 8 p.m.
Fermilab has a popular art gallery and a successful Arts and Lecture Series. It isn't often that we can bring these things together, but when we do, the result is not to be missed. On Saturday, July 18, the Fermilab Art Gallery will hold an artist reception for its new exhibit, On That Note. An exploration of the visualization of sound, this exhibit features work from several artists, including members of the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative. One of those members showing her work is Deborah Lader, who also plays in whimsical folk trio Sons of the Never Wrong. At 8 p.m. that same day, Sons of the Never Wrong will play a concert in Ramsey Auditorium, providing an outrageously fun capper to an evening of art and song. The reception is free, and tickets to the concert are available online.
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Photo column spacer Fermilab Colloquia afternoon lectures - Wednesdays at 4 p.m.
FREE
Fermilab offers many events for the public, but one you may not know about is our ongoing series of afternoon science lectures, called Colloquia. Each Wednesday Colloquium talk begins at 4 p.m. in Wilson Hall's One West conference room, and topics are as diverse as they are interesting. This month, they include asteroid exploration by NASA's Dawn spacecraft (on July 8, pictured left), shaping public policy with science (on July 29), the shifting standards in experimental results (July 15) and the science of guesstimation (July 22). Colloquia are pitched at a slightly higher level than public lectures. A calendar of upcoming talks is available online, and those marked with green are perfect for the science-interested public.
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Photo column spacer Native Bee Awareness Walk and Tour – Saturday, July 11, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
FREE
Fermilab's 6,800-acre site is filled with wetlands, woodlands and restored prairie. It's home to dozens of species of birds and bugs, including many different types of native bumble bees. On Saturday, July 11 at 9 a.m. and again at 11 a.m., you have a chance to learn more about the ecology and identification of these bees while getting a good look at the lovely landscape of the laboratory. This event is co-sponsored by Fermilab Natural Areas and the Native Bee Awareness Initiative of the Chicago Region. The tour will meet outside the Lederman Science Center. Reserve your spot by June 30 - email beewalk.nbai@gmail.com.
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Arts and Lecture Series: The Origins of Cellular Life – Friday, July 31, 7 p.m.
The amazing complexity and diversity of life is a result of billions of years of evolution. But how did the process of evolution itself begin? On Friday, July 31, at 7 p.m., Jack Szostak, a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and a professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard University, will guide us through the latest research in this area. Szostak will describe how efforts to design and build very simple living cells are testing our assumptions about the nature of life and offering clues to how modern life evolved from its earliest ancestors. In 2009, Szostak shared the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for research into chromosomes. This talk promises to be fascinating, and tickets are available online now.

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Photo column spacer Fermilab hosts public meeting on proposed flagship experiment
Chicago Tribune: New experiment could make Fermilab leader in physics research – again
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Photo column spacer Fermilab neutrino scientist interviewed on Chicago Tonight
Chicago Tonight: Neutrino research focuses on Fermilab
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Photo column spacer Fermilab named an Official Historic Site by the American Physical Society
Chicago Tribune: Fermilab honored as historic site
Chicago Sun-Times: Physics group honors Fermilab in Batavia as historic site
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Photo column spacer Large Hadron Collider begins taking data at record energies
Nature: Large Hadron Collider starts doing science again
Scientific American: Supercharged Large Hadron Collider tackles universe's big questions
U.S. News and World Report: World's biggest particle accelerator successfully restarted after 2-year shutdown, upgrade
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Contact Info
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row spacer Call 630-840-3351 or email fermilab@fnal.gov with questions. Free public tours are offered every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. The Fermilab site is open for visitors every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wilson Hall's 15th-floor viewing area and art gallery are open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the 15th-floor area is also open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. row spacer
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Calendar


Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Jul. 1, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thu., Jul. 2, 7:30-10 p.m.

Teachers Workshop: Teaching NGSS Cross-Cutting Concepts in Chemistry
Mon-Fri, Jul. 6-10, 8:30 a.m.
Teachers grades 9-12

Habitat Workday FREE
Mon., Jul. 6, 1 p.m.

DZero and Tevatron Tour FREE
Tue., Jul. 7, 1:30 p.m.
Ages 14 and up
THIS EVENT IS FULL

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Jul. 7, 7:30-10 p.m.

Science Adventure: Nature's Power Lab
Wed-Fri, Jul. 8-10, 9:30 a.m.
Grades 6-8

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Jul. 8, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Colloquium: Asteroid Exploration by the Dawn Spacecraft FREE
Wed., Jul. 8, 4 p.m.

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thu., Jul. 9, 7:30-10 p.m.

Native Bee Awareness Walk and Tour FREE
Sat., Jul. 11, 9 and 11 a.m.

Ask a Scientist: Antimatter FREE
Sun., Jul. 12, 1 p.m.
Grades 6 and up

Teachers Workshop: Beauty and Charm
Mon-Fri, Jul. 13-17, 9 a.m.
Teachers grades 6-9

Science Adventure: Orient Express
Mon., Jul. 13, 9 a.m.
Grades 4-8

Habitat Workday FREE
Mon., Jul. 13, 1 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Jul. 14, 7:30-10 p.m.

Fermilab Prairie Plant Survey FREE
Tue., Jul. 14, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Jul. 15, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Colloquium: Shifting Standards – Experiments in Particle Physics in the Twentieth Century FREE
Wed., Jul. 15, 4 p.m.

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thu., Jul. 16, 7:30-10 p.m.

Big Woods Steward Workday FREE
Sat., Jul. 18, 9 a.m.

Science Adventure: Games, Magic and the Brain
Sat., Jul. 18, 9:30 a.m.
Grades 5-7

Artist Reception: On That Note
Sat., Jul. 18, 5-7 p.m.

Arts & Lecture Series: Sons of the Never Wrong
Sat., Jul. 18, 8 p.m.

Teachers Workshop: Particles and Prairies
Mon-Fri, Jul. 20-24, 8 a.m.
Teachers grades 6-8

Habitat Workday FREE
Mon., Jul. 20, 1 p.m.

Third Tuesday Steward Workday FREE
Tue., Jul. 21, noon

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Jul. 21, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Jul. 22, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Colloquium: Guesstimation – Solving the World's Problems on a Cocktail Napkin FREE
Wed., Jul. 22, 4 p.m.

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thu., Jul. 23, 7:30-10 p.m.

Science Adventure: Crystal Connections
Sat., Jul. 25, 9:30 a.m.
Grades 4-8

Fermilab Prairie Plant Survey FREE
Tue., Jul. 25, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

English Country Dancing FREE
Sun., Jul. 26, 2-5 p.m.

QuarkNet Workshop: Teaching with Data
Wed-Fri, Jul. 29-31, 9 a.m.
Teachers Grades 9-12

Teachers Workshop: Phriendly Physics
Mon-Fri, Jul. 27-31, 8 a.m.
Teachers Grades K-5

Habitat Workday FREE
Mon., Jul. 27, 1 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Jul. 28, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Jul. 29, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Colloquium: Science Shaping Policy FREE
Wed., Jul. 29, 4 p.m.

Women's Initiative: The New Psychology of Success FREE
Thu., Jul. 30, 12:30 p.m.

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thu., Jul. 30, 7:30-10 p.m.

Arts & Lecture Series: Origins of Cellular Life
Fri., Jul. 31, 8 p.m.

COMING IN AUGUST

Ask a Scientist FREE
Sun., Aug. 2, 1 p.m.
Grades 6 and up

Fermilab Prairie Plant Survey FREE
Tue., Aug. 4, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

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